CCIE Data Center Written Exam Study Tracker


Here is the latest tracker for this exciting exam. THis is the one that is appropriate for those of us who will be testing August 30, 2018. As always – if you are viewing this on the home page – be sure to click the READ MORE button to see more than section 1.

1.0 Data Center Layer 2/Layer 3 Connectivity

1.1 Design, implement, and troubleshoot Layer 2 technologies
1.1.a Link aggregation
1.1.b Tagging/trunking
1.1.c Spanning Tree Protocol
1.2 Design, implement, and troubleshoot overlays
1.2.a VXLAN
1.2.b EVPN
1.2.c OTV
1.3 Design, implement, and troubleshoot routing protocols and features
1.3.a OSPF
1.3.b IS-IS
1.3.c BGP
1.3.d BFD
1.3.e FHRP
1.4 Design, implement, and troubleshoot multicast protocols
1.4.a PIM
1.4.b IGMP
1.5 Describe interfabric connectivity
1.5.a Multipod
1.5.b Multisite
1.6 Design, implement, and troubleshoot external fabric connectivity
1.6.a L2/L3Out
1.6.b VRF-Lite
1.7 Design, implement, and troubleshoot traffic management
1.7.a Queueing
1.7.b Policing
1.7.c Classification/marking
1.7.d RoCE

2.0 Data Center Network Services

2.1 Design, implement, and troubleshoot network services insertion and redirection
2.1.a Policy-based routing
2.1.b Policy-based redirection
2.1.c VRF stitching
2.1.d BD/VLAN stitching
2.2 Design, implement, and troubleshoot services
2.2.a PTP
2.2.b NTP
2.2.c DNS
2.2.d DHCP
2.3 Design, implement, and troubleshoot RBAC
2.3.a RADIUS
2.3.b TACACS+
2.3.c LDAP
2.3.d AAA
2.4 Design, implement, and troubleshoot maintenance tasks
2.4.a Backup and restore
2.4.b Firmware upgrades and downgrades
2.5 Design, implement, and troubleshoot monitoring services
2.5.a Flow export
2.5.b SPAN
2.5.c SNMP
2.5.d Syslog
2.6 Design, implement, and troubleshoot security features
2.6.a CoPP
2.6.b Storm control
2.6.c ACLs
2.6.d First-hop security
2.6.e Contracts
2.6.f Port security
2.6.g MACsec
2.6.h Private VLANs

3.0 Data Center Storage Networking and Compute

3.1 Describe, configure, and troubleshoot infrastructure to support block storage protocols
3.1.a Fibre Channel
3.1.b FCoE
3.1.c iSCSI
3.2 Design, implement, and troubleshoot data center storage networking features
3.2.a Zoning
3.2.b NPV/NPIV
3.3 Design, implement, and troubleshoot compute policies and profiles
3.3.a Cisco UCS Manager
3.3.b Cisco Intersight
3.4 Design, implement, and troubleshoot data center connectivity
3.4.a SAN/LAN uplinks
3.4.b Rack server integration
3.4.c Fabric ports
3.4.d Appliance ports

4.0 Data Center Automation and Orchestration

4.1 Implement and troubleshoot data center tasks using provided Python scripts
4.1.a Create, read, update, delete using RESTful APIs
4.1.b Deploy and modify configurations
4.1.c Data collection and statistics
4.2 Describe and design data center orchestration using tools
4.2.a Cisco Intersight
4.2.b Cisco UCS Director
4.2.c Cisco CloudCenter

5.0 Data Center Fabric Infrastructure

5.1 Configure and troubleshoot physical fabric components
5.1.a Fabric discovery
5.1.b Controllers/network managers
5.1.c Switches
5.2 Design, implement, and troubleshoot fabric policies
5.2.a Access policies
5.2.b Layer 2/Layer 3 multitenancy
5.2.c Troubleshooting policies
5.2.d Monitoring policies
5.3 Design, implement, and troubleshoot tenant policies
5.3.a Application profiles
5.3.b Networking
5.3.c Security
5.4 Analyze and troubleshoot logical fabric elements
5.4.a Faults
5.4.b Events
5.4.c Health indicators
5.5 Design, implement, and troubleshoot virtual networking
5.5.a Cisco AVE
5.5.b vSphere Distributed Switch
5.5.c Hyper-V switch

6.0 Evolving Technologies v1.1

6.1 Cloud
6.1.a Compare and contrast public, private, hybrid, and multicloud design considerations
6.1.a (i) Infrastructure, platform, and software as a service (XaaS)
6.1.a (ii) Performance, scalability, and high availability
6.1.a (iii) Security implications, compliance, and policy
6.1.a (iv) Workload migration
6.1.b Describe cloud infrastructure and operations
6.1.b (i) Compute virtualization (containers and virtual machines)
6.1.b (ii) Connectivity (virtual switches, SD-WAN and SD-Access)
6.1.b (iii) Virtualization functions (NFVi, VNF, and L4/L6)
6.1.b (iv) Automation and orchestration tools (CloudCenter, DNA-center, and Kubernetes)
6.2 Network programmability (SDN)
6.2.a Describe architectural and operational considerations for a programmable network
6.2.a (i) Data models and structures (YANG, JSON and XML)
6.2.a (ii) Device programmability (gRPC, NETCONF and RESTCONF)
6.2.a (iii) Controller based network design (policy driven configuration and northbound/
southbound APIs)
6.2.a (iv) Configuration management tools (agent and agentless) and version control systems
(Git and SVN)
6.3 Internet of things (IoT)
6.3.a Describe architectural framework and deployment considerations for IoT
6.3.a (i) IoT technology stack (IoT Network Hierarchy, data acquisition and flow)
6.3.a (ii) IoT standards and protocols (characteristics within IT and OT environment)
6.3.a (iii) IoT security (network segmentation, device profiling, and secure remote access)
6.3.a (iv) IoT edge and fog computing (data aggregation and edge intelligence)

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